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CMS3013 New Media

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: New Media
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kelly McWilliam

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


Few trends in media have had as profound an effect across society than the popularisation of the Internet and the subsequent development of related platforms and technologies (e.g. World Wide Web, email, 'smart' phones, social media gaming consoles; etc). This course surveys the recent development of 'new media', considering what makes it 'new', how these technologies have developed, and how they continue to influence the way we interact. In particular, understanding how new media influences leisure, work and social interaction is crucial to engaging with contemporary media formats, and emphasis will be given to exploring the social implications of new media.


This course explores key new media developments, from the development of the Internet to the emergence of online gaming and social networking, and introduces theories of new media. The course encourages students to develop a critical engagement with the media, but particularly with their roles as media consumers and producers. The course will provide opportunities to explore and develop new media and engage with new media platforms.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of relevant theoretical knowledge in communication and media studies;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of selected new media;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the technological, historical, and cultural development of selected new media in global contexts;
  4. demonstrate appropriate academic and professional literacy skills;
  5. apply relevant theory and principles to a new media case study.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Advanced research and Information literacy Skills 10.00
2. New media texts, forms and systems 40.00
3. New media audiences 20.00
4. Approaches to studying media 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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All study materials must be downloaded or accessed from the Study Desk for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Cunningham, S & Turner, G (eds) 2014, The media & communications in Australia, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
Flew, T 2014, New media: an introduction, 4th edn, Oxford UP, Oxford.
Jenkins, H 2008, Convergence culture: where old and new media collide, NYU Press, New York.
Livingstone, S (ed) 2005, Audiences and publics, Intellect Books, Portland OR.
Wardrip-Fruin, N & Montfort, N (eds) 2003, The new media reader, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 38.00
Independent Study 127.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 30 29 Mar 2021
ONLINE FORUM POSTS 100 20 02 Jun 2021
PROJECT 100 50 02 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021